A young player will experience many challenges on their player development journey, many of which are outside of their control….

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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Dave Wright

Friday Q&A: How can I engage my players more quickly at the start of training?   The question this week…

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Dan Wright

What is success in youth development? UEFA A licensed academy coach & PDP contributor, Dan Wright discusses his philosophy of…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright
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Since these investigators brought it up in their abstract’s first sentence, let’s briefly talk about ant colonies as a bridge…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear from one of England’s most successful academy managers on player development. PDP Editor,...
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Dave Wright

How can I scale down and simplify the principles of play for my players?   The question this week comes…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

PE Teacher & blogger, Sporticus examines the subject of participation in youth sport, sharing a story about an inspiring young…

Sporticus
Sporticus
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Friday Q&A: How can I balance a developmental environment with the desire to win?   The question this week comes…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

Consistent with our effort to review worldly research publications for our PDP coaches, this paper on transdisciplinarity training was published…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

Gratitude is a trait we should all be aiming to develop in the young players we work with. Developing better…

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John Haime
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How do I teach my U18s the importance of teamwork and work-rate?   The question this week comes from Simon:…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

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A CURATED SELECTION OF TOP PDP CONTENT.

In this Masterclass Webinar with Founder of Fit Across Cultures, Susan Salzbrenner & UEFA Pro licensed coach, Mads Davidsen, we...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Old school player development tells us, ‘winning is everything.’ The problem with focusing on performance outcomes though, is where does…

Lara Mossman
Lara Mossman
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How can I manage the expectations of parents? The question this week comes from Dave: “I am coaching an U14…

James Vaughan
James Vaughan

How do we manage our own bias in coaching and player development? Founder of Fit Across Cultures, Susan Salzbrenner discusses…

Susan Salzbrenner
Susan Salzbrenner
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

The domain of sports expertise is a much-discussed topic, with many researchers searching to find the one ‘golden thread’ that…

Nick Levett
Nick Levett
6 minutes
PhD Candidate & Researcher, Lara Mossman joins Player Development Project for a Masterclass Webinar on Positive Psychology in Coaching. Lara is...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Leadership is a popular topic.  In fact, if one Googles “leadership” you come in with 751,000,000 results.  Not impressed?  Well,…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

It is difficult to overstate just how much of an influence Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has had on the…

Jon Hoggard
Jon Hoggard
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How can I introduce games-based session approach to my club? The question this week comes from Tim: “Have we any experience using…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

Spanish football is constantly seen as a model for success in player development. Regular PDP Contributor & Founder of TOVO…

Todd Beane
Todd Beane
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright
How do you deal with parents in your environment? This can be one of the most challenging aspects of coaching...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

How important is adaptability and context in your coaching approach? UEFA A licensed coach, Dan Wright discusses the idea of…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright
4 minutes

US-based coach, John O’Sullivan, founder of Changing the Game Project and best selling author, provides a perspective on the potential…

John O'Sullivan
John O'Sullivan
8 minutes

When asked about his early years, hockey great Wayne Gretzky, said: “I played everything.  I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer,…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

A trend can be seen in the top echelon of the European transfer market, with hundreds of millions of pounds (and…

James Vaughan
James Vaughan
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Former New Zealand footballer, Cameron Knowles may not be a household name but is journey is one of challenge and…

Dave Wright
Dave Wright
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